Explore your Inner Artist Mexico! 

with Christy Tomlinson & Ben Tomlinson!





Hola! Are you ready for a  colorful messy Fiesta? I am so excited to be hosting my  2nd She Matters Art Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! This year I will be bringing my talented husband who will also be teaching his awesome abstract style as well! We are excited to share with you not only our individual painting styles, but share with you the beautiful town of Puerto Vallarta! A week filled of artsy goodness, fun shopping, gorgeous surroundings and delicious authentic food! 


I love connecting with others, I love sharing my love of art, and love creating long and lasting friendships that just can't be formed any other way then through art. I LOVE hosting retreats at my own house, and try hard not to travel a ton to teach, but when I visited this beautiful magical place a couple of years ago with my husband, i couldn't help but NOT fall in love! I knew immediately I wanted to come back and teach. Our first year was amazing experience and I can't wait to go again!  



This workshop will be held in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at Hacienda Mosaico owned by the WONDERFUL Sam (a girl) Leonard who lives there full time and has a full studio of her own the grounds. This beautiful private art sanctuary is nestled RIGHT off the main tourist drive but down 2 blocks of quiet cobble stone streets. Once inside you feel like you have entered a tropical oasis beyond your wildest dreams! Tropical Plants, lush trees, flowers of all kinds surround every walkway, sitting area, hidden hammocks and more! I was there a full week and didn't even realized I hadn't walked around the entire grounds! Everyday I kept finding new places to sit and read, sketch or take a nap! A TRULY Cozy, beautiful, inspirational setting! Sam has taken GREAT care to make this an ART studio. Every detail in her Hacienda is done with the love of Art. Tables, chairs, lights, fixtures, rugs, EVEN the pool where all done by local and artist abroad! It truly is a unique experience to be surrounded by such amazing art in all it's forms! 

The art studio is just a short 5 mins from the airport... an easy peasy taxi ride.. and once there you will see it's in a wonderful beautiful part of Mexico, that is not only fun to explore but SAFE to explore as well! If you are coming alone,  please know we are here the entire time to help you! and I don't think you will ever truly be alone! Last time, on our free day, we all traveled in groups to town, so know that you will have friends when you arrive! 

If you really want to explore, all the fun gift shops, art galleries, the beach and many many many more restaurants, and stores off all kinds are all within walking distance or a short 5 min taxi ride away.  TRULY its just so conveniently located to everything! 

I know people worry about safety when traveling to Mexico, but you have to remember is that those are parts of Mexico which are unsafe,  are close to the boarder of the US.  Puerto Vallarta is a HUGE tourist town, as well as a port for Cruise ships (the cruise ships dock in just a 1/2 mile from the airport). The people who live there DEPEND on the revenue from the cruise ships visitors and other people who choose to come vacation in Puerto Vallarta in the many all inclusive resorts.. so the community makes a HUGE effort to keep it safe and clean. I was there myself just in December of this last year and we walked EVERYWHERE. Even at 11:00 a night we went out and found  taco places still open. If you aren't up for walking, like I said our host of Hacienda Mosocia, Sam.. will call for a taxi asap and you will be able to drive anywhere you would like to go. The adorable coffee shop, which serves sandwiches, coffee, crepes, salads, (more American style food) is literally 30 steps away. Right across the narrow cobble stone street from the Hacienda. As well as many other food places, convenient stores and even an art store! So don't worry for getting around during your stay. There will always be someone who will want to go with you! Promise! 



You will arrive Sunday night into Puerta Vallerta and take a short 5 min Taxi ride to the Hacienda. Sam will be there to greet you and she will show you your room, let you unwind and unpack your art supplies in the open air art studio.  Then she will have light snacks and drinks for us around 6:00 pm.  

At 7:00 (or around there :))  Ben and I  will welcome you to the retreat and talk a little bit about how the week will go. We will also have our first art session that night (nothing like getting right to it!) Don't worry it will be something light hearted and simple. Just to ease yourself into the workshop for the week! 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we will have full art days!  Tuesday morning, right after breakfast, we will head to a local art supply store, where you can purchase anything you may have found you are missing Monday. (plus the store is just fun and has fun Mexican paint in beautiful colors!).  Then we will come back and paint the rest of the day! Last year, after day one, the students begged us to go, and since it's only open during the day, we went on the second morning. So we decided this year to just include it in our schedule! 

Wednesday, right after breakfast, we will be taking an excursion to the beautiful downtown area, where we will explore a beautiful historic cathedral, walk the beach, and shop at the fun open air market shops. (they have art, clothing, jewelry, bags, carvings, statues, etc). If you wish to stay back and relax, paint, enjoy the pool, that works too!  FRIDAY is your free day! Feel free to do whatever your heart desires! Hang out in the studio all day, go back to the beach, shops, visit more historical sites! It's all up to you!   

 After class each day, you are free to grab dinner, head into town,  take a soak in the pool, curl up for a nap with on one of the many cozy sitting areas or you are free to continue painting! The studio is open 24/7..so if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and cant sleep.. feel free to go to the studio and create! I am sure I will be there on a few late nights playing myself :). You can't help not want to just create.. with the beautiful quiet, relaxing surroundings.

There is also two artwalks during the week, that you can explore at night. It's SO fun and there are so many vendors! Lots of us went last year as a group, and had an amazing time! 







WHAT you can expect: 

The cost of the retreat includes your housing for the entire week it also includes breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and breakfast Saturday morning. . Sunday night will also have some delicious appetizers! . Dinner is on your own each night, but last year we always had groups going somewhere and no one was ever by themselves! There are lots of yummy places to eat within a block of the Hacienda! You can also order pizza in! 

  You also have access to the entire art studio grounds at Hacienda Mexico, including the pool, sitting areas, hammocks, etc. All day and night long! (so create to your hearts content) 

If you would like any special accommodation.. Sam is ALWAYS on hand to get them for you. She also had a honor roll wet bar, where you can get yourself snacks or drinks throughout the week (you keep track of what you take and pay at the end of the week). There is also a guest kitchen on site, where you can fix light snacks or a meal for dinner if you would like to not leave the hacienda at all. Really you have access to EVERYTHING Sam has. She is amazing! And she will get everything and anything for you! Your room will be cleaned each day and fresh towels will be provided! You won't have anything to worry about!

Keep in mind you will be sharing a room with another student! BUT Sam has tastefully and beautifully done up each room to make it comfortable for each guest it in the room. We will have a small group of no more than 12 .. and so just count on becoming VERY close with everyone! I know these will be relationships you will cherish forever! 

 Ben and I will be providing some shared supplies (like stamps, stencils, some tools, faber castell markers, and some paint, some inks etc). We will have a detailed list of the things that you will want to bring for each project including canvases, paintbrushes, other paints, marking tools, etc We will send that out after registration. 

Also keep in mind.. this is a TOTALLY casual retreat. You will most likely find me in the same paint clothes EVERYDAY as we will be creating outside in the open air studio. There are fans and some ac, however you will find that wearing light, breathable, flowy clothing is best! last year, most of the girls went and bough Mexican moo moos and wore them everyday lol. It was just comfortable and breezy!  .It can get a little cold at night, so also bring a sweatshirt or light jacket. but this is a tropical area, so plan accordingly.  



















What we will be doing: 

For this retreat we will be exploring some new techniques both in abstact art and in creating faces (you can choose to paint girls or guys, which ever you prefer!)  

I will be teaching two days of the retreat and ben will be teaching one day! 

 My  first project will be creating portrait and faces! We will explore how to create with all sorts of mediums and gain a better understanding of how to compile a portrait. How to draw faces, both male and female and how to craete uniqueness to the faces, to make them your own! 

My second project, we will be creating large abstract beautiful canvases full of whimsy and color! I love this class because it really lets you let loose and just have fun! There are NO mistakes when it comest to these canvases and you will go home addicted and wanting to make more!  

Ben will be teaching his animalistic Abstract style of canvases. He will teach you how to use inks and paint in a very unique way, learning how to use drips and pools of ink to create beautiful works of art on your canvas!  The results are STUNNING and techniques you will use over and over again in other areas of your art! !   

Just come with a open mind, ready to relax, learn, create,  and get SUPER DUPER messy with artsy goodness! This will be something you will never forget and never regret experiencing! 


(at right are just a few samples of things that have been created by both ben and i in the styles we will be teaching you!) 



(Portraits & faces class)

(Christy's abstract Class) 

(ben's animalistic abstract class)





So.. if you are ready to take the plunge and join Ben and I,  join us below!   

Explore your Inner Artist Mexico Retreat 

February 22nd- 28th  (Sunday-Saturday)  

Cost is $1899 per person

Payment OPTIONS: 

One: Pay in full

Two: Pay half now (949.50  other half due January 5th) 

Three: Pay a non refundable $200 deposit now, then pay half of the remaining October 1st and the other half January 5th)  The $200 deposit IS NON refundable (if you choose to cancel before your second payment).  however it does apply to your total.  



 Because of the nature of the retreat, and the small number of attendees, cancellations must be done before November 20th , as to allow us time to contact another person on the waitlist and give them ample time to buy a decent plane ticket to the event. You will receive a refund (minus the $200 deposit), if you cancel before November 20th.   After November 20th, there will be no refund for cancellations. Sorry.

if you have any questions that you can't find on here.. PLEASE email me! christy@scarletlime.com

look forward to seeing you in 2015



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Explore your Inner Artist Mexico!